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Best Things To Do in Jerusalem

Jerusalem can be divided into three sections: the Old City, West Jerusalem, and East Jerusalem. Ancient stone walls encase the Old City. You can access the grounds via seven different gateways. Within these walls, you'll find the city's most prominent attractions, including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Outside of the Old City, you'll discover Jerusalem's thriving yet laid-back metropolis. West Jerusalem buzzes with life, with much of the action centered on Jaffa Road and Ben-Yehuda Street. Here, you'll find a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. East Jerusalem is the hub of the city's Arab community. Not as modern as West Jerusalem, the East—especially the areas right outside the Old City's Damascus and Herod's Gates—brims with lively markets.

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How We Rank Things to Do
#1
Old City Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Chances are that you'll spend much of your time here. The Old City is home to many of Jerusalem ... read more»

#2
Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall or the Kotel, is the most significant historic site for the ... read more»

#3
Israel Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Founded in 1965, the Israel Museum is the country's largest cultural institution and one of the world's leading ... read more»

#4
Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Temple Mount is one of the holiest sites in Jerusalem for both Jews and Muslims. Historians have associated it with ... read more»

#5
Mount of Olives Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Named after the olive groves that once covered its slopes, this 2,900-foot mountain stands opposite the Old City across ... read more»

#6
Mahane Yehuda Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sandwiched between Agripas and Yafo streets in West Jerusalem, Mahane Yehuda offers a glimpse (and a taste) of authentic life ... read more»

#7
Yad Vashem Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Located about four miles from the Old City in West Jerusalem's Mount Herzl neighborhood, Yad Vashem contains the world ... read more»

#8
Church of the Holy Sepulchre Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Believed to stand directly above Jesus Christ's tomb, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is considered one of the ... read more»

#9
City of David and Hezekiah's Tunnel
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The City of David, founded more than 3,000 years ago by King David, serves as a major archeology site ... read more»

#10
Garden Tomb Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre may have a shrine, but it is widely believed that Jesus Christ was actually ... read more»

#11
Tower of David Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Tower of David Museum inhabits the medieval Tower of David. Despite its name, the Tower of David did not ... read more»

#12
Via Dolorosa Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Flanking the northwest corner of Temple Mount lies Via Dolorosa, which translates to "way of sorrows." This passageway led Jesus ... read more»

#13
The Dead Sea and Masada
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're planning on spending several days to a week in Jerusalem, consider taking a day trip to the ... read more»

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